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Harold C. Gohl of Champaign, IL passed away on September 5, 2018. He is survived by daughters Jeane Gohl-Noice (Harry) and Jennifer Nelson (Bruce), grandsons Tim (Renee) Noice, Dan (Brandy) Noice, and granddaughters Emma and Natalia. He was like a father to nephews Tom (Glenna) Gohl, Jim (Lori) Gohl and Rich (Kathy) Gohl. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of nearly 64 years, Betty, and his twin brother, Howard.
Harold was born on June 3, 1925 in Danville, IL to parents Henry and Marie Gohl, proprietors of the neighborhood Gohl Grocery Store. Harold attended Danville High School at the same time as Dick Van Dyke, and recalled seeing the future star perform in school plays. On December 7, 1941 Harold and his brother recalled hearing the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor while attending a Walther League youth group event at Trinity Lutheran Church in Danville. On the day of their high school graduation (coincidental with their 18th birthdays), they were drafted into service for World War II and joined the Navy. Harold served in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946 on the hospital ship USS Jerauld. Among other duties, USS Jerauld received wounded from the battle of Okinawa.
After an honorable discharge from his Naval service, Harold took advantage of the GI Bill and attended the University of Illinois where he studied business and education, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. After college, Harold had admired from afar his future wife Betty, who was a school teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Danville. They were engaged in June and married on December 30, 1951.
Harold had a long and illustrious career as an accountant for Kraft Foods in both Dallas, TX, and Chicago, IL until his retirement in 1988. An avid fan of classical music, Harold and Betty were season ticket holders and strong supporters of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Northshore Concert Band. While Sousa marches were his favorite, he also enjoyed big band music and was a fan of Glen Miller. He enjoyed walking, and would log up to five miles a day in all kinds of weather conditions well into his eighties.
Residents of Palatine, IL for decades, in 2014 Harold and Betty moved to the Summit of Park Ridge, an independent living facility. Following Betty’s death in 2015 and a health setback in 2017, Harold moved to Villa, an assisted living facility in Champaign, IL. He will be remembered by family and friends for his warm, gentlemanly demeanor and willingness to strike up a conversation when presented with a popular topic.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Lutheran Church Charities www.lutheranchurchcharities.org Northshore Concert Band www.northshoreband.org
Visitation will take place on Friday, September 14, 2018 form 5:00 until 8:00pm at the M J  Suerth Funeral Home, 6754 N.Northwest Hwy., Chicago, IL  60631.  Funeral Saturday, September 15, 2018, In State at Edison Park Lutheran Church, 6626 N. Oliphant Avenue (at Avondale) from 10:00AM until time of funeral service at 11:00 AM.  Interment with Military Honors at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Further information at 877-631-1240 or www.suerth.com